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Netsuke

Museum number:
9-7833
Permalink:
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Alternate number:
4-392 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2384
Object count:
1
Description:
Netsuke: man stooping to lift large round object. One eye is inset with white. Prominent ribs and backbone.
Donor:
Estate of Geraldine C. and Kernan Robson
Collection place:
Japan
Culture or time period:
Japanese
Collector:
Geraldine C. Robson
Collection date:
before 1940
Materials:
Wood (plant material)
Person depicted:
Abu Mansur Daqiqi
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements
Accession date:
1968
Context of use:
Toggle to be attached to the end of a cord and thrust through the sash of a kimono for the support of a purse, pouch or lacquer box.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
height 3.5 centimeters
Comment:
Per Robeson Accession: Netsuke in old ivory of a man, standing. His face is strikingly individualized, with a Semitic nose, and the expression alight with animation. His hat is like an inverted columbine, sling over his shoulder, his dress ornately pattered, surmounted by a dark cape. This is a Persian. They are always depicted with the Semitic nose. In the T'ang dynasty, they came in considerable numbers into China and their Magism was tolerated. This is the poet Daqiqi, the predecessor of Firdusi. He was murdered in his youth when he had written only about a thousand lines, divinely construed. Lived circa 850 to 900 AD.
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